Dr Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally is a Lecturer in Chemistry within Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. She is a polymer/material chemist with more than ten years of post-doctoral experience in organic, polymer and combustion chemistries and in material science. She had extensively studied fundamental physico-chemical phenomena and the mechanisms pertaining thermal/thermo-oxidative degradation/decomposition, flammability, flame retardation and fire chemistry of a wide range of polymers and composites. Svetlana’s research areas include:
- synthesis of fire retardant polymers;
- novel bio-inspired fire retardants;
- ligno-cellulosic materials for environmental applications;
- waste water treatment;
- removal of antibiotic residues and toxic elements from waters.
She publishes in the fields of polymer science, fire-safe polymeric materials, sustainable materials, colloid chemistry, and waste management.
Svetlana is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and serves on the committee of the RSC Northern Ireland Section.